Twenty years on from the discharge Harry Potter and the Thinker’s Stone, the primary movie within the blockbuster eight-part sequence, households throughout the nation used lockdown as a chance to revisit the solid of acquainted faces and dive again into the world of witchcraft and wizardry.
Regardless of premiering in 2001, the primary movie of the franchise nonetheless ranks as one of many high 50 blockbuster films of all time, raking in additional than $1.9 billion worldwide.
It additionally sparked a worldwide motion of superfans, known as Potterheads, and skyrocketed the solid of kid actors to superstardom.
This week it was introduced lots of the movie’s stars will probably be reuniting for a particular twentieth anniversary retrospective to be broadcast on January 1.
The reunion, Harry Potter twentieth Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts, will see the three important stars — Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint — and a handful of supporting actors return to the unique units from the primary movie.
Whereas we anticipate the much-anticipated reunion, here is a take a look at what the scholars of Hogwarts have gotten as much as for the reason that finish of the sequence.
Daniel Radcliffe — Harry Potter
Daniel Radcliffe was simply 11 years previous when he starred as The Boy Who Lived — a job that led to him turning into one of many highest-paid actors on this planet. However since wrapping the sequence at 21 years previous, he is labored arduous to tell apart himself in roles worlds away from his breakout character.
His first post-Potter position was within the 2012 horror flick The Lady in Black, earlier than happening to painting poet Allen Ginsberg in Kill Your Darlings the next yr.
He is additionally made his mark on Broadway, most notably in Equus the place he starred alongside his uncle from the Harry Potter sequence. The controversial position required Radcliffe — who was nonetheless a youngster — to look bare, marking his transition from little one star to grownup actor.
The now 32-year-old has additionally been concerned with a slew of smaller productions, together with What If (2013), Trainwreck (2015), and Weapons Akimbo (2019).
Rupert Grint — Ron Weasley
Not like his co-stars, Rupert Grint took a brief break from appearing after taking part in Harry’s loveable greatest good friend in all eight films.
In 2012, he returned to the large display in Into the White — a WWII motion movie about British and German troopers who discovered themselves stranded within the wilderness after an plane battle. He is additionally appeared in a handful of tv reveals, together with Sick Word (2017-18), Snatch (2017-18), The ABC Murders (2018), and Servant (2019-21).
Shortly after his stint as Ron, Grint bought a lodge within the British city of Hertford, but it surely did not generate income and closed after 4 years.
The now 33-year-old advised The Guardian in 2018 he was “actually having fun with stepping additional away from that blue-screen world”, whereas describing the challenges of his early rise to stardom.
“I am simply going to flow, preserve taking part in fascinating characters and see what occurs,” he stated.
Emma Watson — Hermione Granger
From little one star to girls’s rights activist, it is easy to attract similarities between Emma Watson and the brainy and outspoken Hermione.
After ending the Harry Potter movies, Watson cut up her time between appearing and academia, finishing her bachelor’s diploma in English literature on the prestigious Brown College in 2014.
Since then, she’s change into a distinguished advocate for girls’s rights; she turned a UN Girls Goodwill Ambassador in 2014 and later led the UK’s TimesUp marketing campaign. Her work for gender equality noticed her named as considered one of Time Journal’s 100 most influential folks in 2015.
However regardless of her lengthy checklist of activist accolades, Watson has nonetheless discovered time to behave in quite a few blockbuster roles, together with as Belle within the 2017 adaptation of Magnificence and the Beast and most not too long ago as Meg in Little girls.
In a transfer that may make Hermione herself proud, Watson additionally based a feminist bookclub on Goodreads, encouraging hundreds of ladies internationally to take part in discussions about gender equality.
Tom Felton — Draco Malfoy
Like his Gryffindor friends, Tom Felton has continued with appearing, showing within the Rise of the Planet of the Apes in 2011 and period-drama Belle in 2013. Extra not too long ago he performed Tony Turner in Dutch battle movie The Forgotten Battle (2020).
Exterior of appearing he is a eager musician and has carved out a distinct segment as a singer-songwriter.
Very like the remainder of us, Felton has been rewatching the Harry Potter movies this yr, sharing his response with followers on Instagram stay.
Bonnie Wright — Ginny Weasley
Bonnie Wright discovered fame as the one feminine little one of the Weasley household, and Harry’s final love curiosity.
Following the movies she continued appearing, touchdown quite a few smaller roles and her stage debut in a manufacturing of The Second of Fact.
However after graduating from the College of Arts London with a level in writing and directing she moved behind the digicam. She’s since directed quite a few brief movies and commercials.
The 30-year-old can also be a passionate environmental advocate. In 2017, she boarded a Greenpeace ship to boost consciousness in regards to the impression of microplastics within the ocean.
As of this yr, she’s engaged on an environmental function movie and a e-book about at-home local weather change options.
Matthew Lewis — Neville Longbottom
Like lots of his co-stars, Matthew Lewis continued with appearing after taking part in the bumbling and unfortunate Neville Longbottom. Nevertheless it was the British actor’s “glow up” that landed him a brand new legion of followers.
In 2015, he appeared shirtless on the quilt Angle journal underneath the headline “From Hogwarts to Hottie”, prompting Harry Potter’s creator JK Rowling to tweet: “Warn me subsequent time, for God’s sake.”
On display, he is appeared in quite a few tv sequence, together with Completely happy Valley (2016), Girlfriends (2018), and all Creatures Nice and Small (2020-21).
Just lately, you will have additionally noticed him in Child Carried out (2020) — a New Zealand movie by comic Rose Matafeo which charts the trials of a younger couple as they embark on parenthood.
Evanna Lynch — Luna Lovegood
The eccentric Luna Lovegood solely joined the franchise within the fifth movie, however her character has endured as one of many most-loved of the sequence.
It is the story of how Irish actor Evanna Lynch got here to look within the sequence, nevertheless, that has change into the stuff of legend amongst followers.
From the age of 11, Lynch struggled with consuming problems and turned to the Harry Potter books as respite. She’s beforehand stated the books have been the one factor that might distract her from the sickness
It was on this interval that she despatched a letter to the e-book’s creator to thank her. Rowling responded, and the pair turned penpals earlier than she was ever thought-about for the position.
Just lately she advised Seven’s The Morning Present of the second she obtained the decision about her audition:
“You type of cannot course of one thing that huge, so I simply took it a step at a time, I went dwelling and I really did my homework.”
Publish-Potter, she’s acted in quite a few indie movies and stage productions, whereas lending her distinctive voice to audiobooks, cartoons, and podcasts. She’s additionally based a vegan and cruelty-free magnificence subscription field.
Final month, Lynch launched a memoir about rising up within the highlight and her battles with consuming problems, titled The Reverse of Butterfly Looking.
Alfred Enoch — Dean Thomas
Alfred Enoch has spent his years since Harry Potter racking up quite a few profitable appearing roles and graduating from Oxford College.
Most notably, he appeared in The Image of Dorian Gray adaptation in 2021 and within the tv sequence The right way to Get Away with Homicide between 2014 and 2020.
Talking to The Guardian this yr, Enoch mirrored on taking part in one of many few non-white characters within the Harry Potter world.
“I wasn’t an integral character. I’ve expressed that to folks and so they nonetheless say, ‘Yeah, however I noticed you and also you seemed like me,” he stated.
Katie Leung — Cho Chang
Leung performed Harry’s past love curiosity — and his first kiss — and one of many few Asian Hogwarts college students within the films. The much-anticipated smooch earned her and Radcliffe a nomination for MTV’s Greatest Kiss award in 2008.
Since showing in 4 of the Harry Potter films, the Scottish-Chinese language actor has gone on to finish levels in portray, design, and images whereas pursuing appearing in theatre, movies and on tv.
In 2017 she appeared subsequent to Jackie Chan and Pierce Brosnan in The Foreigner, taking part in Chan’s daughter.
Earlier this yr she opened up about her teenage rise to fame, telling the Chinese language Chippy Woman podcast she was topic to racist abuse on-line after showing within the sequence.
Jamie Waylett — Vincent Crabbe
Jamie Waylett’s appearing profession was short-lived — his solely position being Draco Malfoy’s Slytherin sidekick within the first six films.
In line with the BBC, the previous little one actor was sentenced to 2 years’ jail for his participation within the 2012 London Riots. He was 22 years previous on the time.
Josh Herdman — Gregory Goyle
After his position because the third member of the Slytherin trio, Josh Herdman went on to behave in a couple of roles, together with the 2018 launch of Robinhood.
He describes himself in his Instagram bio as a “household man” and “martial artist”. In 2016, the BBC reported the actor had begun his profession as an newbie cage fighter — however that does not imply he is given up on appearing.
“I have never fallen out of affection with it, I nonetheless have an agent and nonetheless go for auditions,” he stated, based on the BBC. “It is just a bit bit like taking part in the lottery for a residing.”